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Gösta Berlings Saga Details


Known under a variety of titles, The Atonement of Gosta Berling is an excellent representation of the Swedish silent cinema. Long, complex, and elaborately produced, the film nonetheless never loses sight of the human elements which motivate the story. [[Performer~P30252~Lars Hanson~larshanson]] stars as Berling, a defrocked priest whose rebellious attitude hides a greater sense of idealism than most of his "pious" contemporaries. Among the women in Berling's life is a supposedly married countess, played with instinctive brilliance by a young, awkward, chubby [[Performer~P25821~Greta Garbo~gretagarbo]]. Overflowing with betrayals, revenge, and regeneration, Atonement of Gosta Berling has enough plots for ten films. American audiences generally saw a severely truncated version, running approximately half the film's original length. What was left was enough for MGM to invite director [[Performer~P112818~Mauritz Stiller~mauritzstiller]] and star [[Performer~P25821~Greta Garbo~gretagarbo]] to Hollywood, though in typically callous big-studio fashion, [[Performer~P25821~Garbo~gretagarbo]] was retained while [[Performer~P112818~Stiller~mauritzstiller]] was permitted to wither on the vine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Greta Garbo
as Countess Elizabeth Dohna
Lars Hanson
as Gosta Berling
Jenny Hasselquist
as Marianne Sinclaire
Gerda Lundequist
Ellen Cederstrom


Mauritz Stiller
Mauritz Stiller